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Getting Ready to Sell? - Where do You Start?

Blog by Claire LeLacheur | August 9th, 2010

If you are thinking of selling your home in the near future, now is the time to start thinking about fixing those little things and performing some up keep on the house, before the real action begins. Here are some places and tips to start thinking about while those lazy days of summer are still in effect:

1. Curb appeal - check out the outside of your house. Do you need to weed the flower beds, do some edging, trim back some landscaping or paint the garage door? Ensure that the outside of your home, including your garden is attractive and welcoming. Do some paint touch ups while you have the weather.

2. Roof - how does your roof look? Do you need to sweep off some tree needles, clean your gutters or get rid of some moss? A clean roof goes a long way to giving a new Buyer a feeling of comfort. There is no use in telling them you have a 5 year old roof, when it looks like it is 20 years old and dirty.

3. Basement - does your basement smell mouldy? Even though your basement has never had a leak, or any water ingress, if it smells mouldy, has a dusty carpet, or just plain needs a good clean, then take care of it. Wipe out the cobbwebbs, run a few fans to move the air around and make the house smell good.

4. Garage - a new Buyer will look at your garage and want to know that they can park two cars in the garage. Purchase some good space organinzers and use the warm weather to take everything out of your garage, sweep it out and organize your space from the ground up.

These small tips will go a long way in fall, when you are more then ready to start the selling process, but also back to work full time with the kids in school and no time!